NRL News: Confirmed Name Squads 2020 NRL NINES

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Corey Harawira-Naera will lead the attack on the NRL Nines by Canterbury while new recruits Dean Britt and Joe Stimson will make their first appearance in the colors of Bulldogs.

On Monday, the Bulldogs revealed their squad with premiership-winning captain Andrew “Bobcat” Ryan making a return to assist mentoring a group of young players including Ofahiki Ogden and Chris Smith.

Out wide, Canterbury has Jayden Okunbor and Nick Meaney speedsters delivering plenty of attack energy to work alongside the likes of Fijian International Brandon Wakeham, Kerrod Holland and Morgan Harper.

The North Queensland Cowboys have made it clear that they mean business at the Perth NRL Nines by naming back-rower standout Jason Taumalolo as captain of a formidable squad that includes Coen Hess, Kyle Feldt and Josh McGuire.

In 2014, the Cowboys took out the inaugural Auckland Nines and with Taumalolo leading the way they’ll look to make an early statement in their opening match on Friday against arch-rivals Brisbane.

Meanwhile, former NSW captain Kurt Gidley will make his way back to the Nines for the Newcastle Knights.

The 37-year-old, who has made 251 NRL appearances for Newcastle over 16 seasons, will line up in a team that will also include Kurt Mann and Aidan Guerra for the red and blue.

The Broncos will have their own club legend on view, with Corey Parker, 37, joining a star-studded team including Anthony Milford, Payne Haas and David Fifita.

The Gold Coast Titans squad includes current first-graders AJ Brimson, Anthony Don, Tyrone Peachey, Phil Sami, Ash Taylor, Jai Whitbread, Mitch Rein, Sam Stone, Bryce Cartwright and Jai Arrow, while another game’s elder statesman, Michael Gordon, is pulling the boots up again after retiring from the NRL in 2019.

On Monday the Roosters announced their NRLW squad with Corban McGregor named captain of the Kylie Hilder led team.

Player lists for each club are confirmed for the NRL Nines Men’s and Women’s 2020 tournaments in Perth, starting on February 14 and 15.

NRL SQUADS

Broncos

Former club star Corey Parker is coming out of retirement to play in Perth. On Instagram, the veteran of 347 NRL matches (all for Brisbane) said: “The chance to wear my beloved @brisbanebroncos jersey again will now become a reality!.”

Confirmed squad: 1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Herbie Farnworth, 3. Tesi Niu, 4. Xavier Coates, 5. Izaia Perese, 6. Brodie Croft, 7. Anthony Milford, 8. David Fifita, 9. Tom Dearden, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. Jake Turpin, 13. Ethan Bullemor, 14. Thomas Flegler, 15. Cory Paix, 16. Ilikena Vudogo, 17. Jesse Arthars, 18. Corey Parker.

Broncos

Raiders

Sam Williams and Elliott Whitehead will be main cogs in Perth’s Green Machine.

Players confirmed: Sam Williams, Elliott Whitehead. The club has until 5 pm to name the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Bulldogs

Former Premier Andrew Ryan will dust off his boots to make a comeback for the Bulldogs, while Corey Harawira-Naera has been named Captain of the NRL Nines side of the club in 2020

Confirmed Squad: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Kerrod Holland, 3. Jayden Okunbor, 4. Jack Cogger, 5. Morgan Harper, 6. Brandon Wakeham, 7. Jake Averillo, 8. Ben Marschke, 9. Dean Britt, 10. Corey Harawira-Naera, 11. Ofahiki Ogden, 12. Chris Smith, 13. Chris Smith, 14. Kayne Kalache, 15. Andrew Ryan, 16. Isaiah Tass, 17. Toa Mata’afa, 18. Bailey Biondi-Odo.

Bulldogs

Sharks

He’s not as young as he was once but dynamic playmaker Shaun Johnson will be ideally suited for the Nines ‘ open style of play.

Confirmed Players: Johnson Shaun. The club will be able to announce the squad until 5 pm on Tuesday 11 February.

Titans

Veteran fullback Michael Gordon, who retired only at the end of last season, is still expected to be in a pretty good nick to support the Titans at the Nines while playmaker Ash Taylor will be the general on-field.

To play alongside seasoned campaigners including Jai Arrow, Anthony Don, Tyrone Peachey and Gordon, Coach Justin Holbrook has named young guns Treymain Spry and Darius Farmer.

Confirmed squad: 1. AJ Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Tyrone Peachey, 4. Jonus Pearson, 5. Phil Sami, 6. Tanah Boyd, 7. Ash Taylor, 8. Jai Whitbread, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Sam Stone, 11. Bryce Cartwright, 12. Jaimin Joliffe, 13. Jai Arrow, 14. Greg Leleisiuao, 15. Treymain Spry, 16. Erin Clark, 17. Darius Farmer, 18. Michael Gordon

Titans

Sea Eagles

Reuben Garrick said “the greatest achievement of my football career” at the World Cup 9s in October wearing the green and gold, and said he’d take lessons back to Manly for the Perth match.

Confirmed Players: Ruben Garrick. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Storm

Cameron Munster is one of NRL’s best all-round players so he should be the secret to Melbourne’s perth chances. The team will be led by Jason Ryles and for the weekend Sandor Earl and Tui Kamikamica have been named co-captains.

Confirmed players: Cameron Munster, Sandor Earl, Tui Kamikamica. The club will be able to announce the squad until 5 pm on Tuesday 11 February.

Knights

Kurt Mann and Aidan Guerra have been appointed co-captains for Newcastle, while Kurt Gidley, former club and NSW coach, is a confirmed starter and will make a comeback from retirement at 37.

Alongside the promising young talents Starford To’a, Tex Hoy and Nathaniel Sasagi, Gidley will make his return for the tournament.

Confirmed squad: 1. Aidan Guerra, 2. Kurt Mann, 3. Nathaniel Sasagi, 4. Bayden Searle, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Gehamat Shibasaki, 7. Starford To’a, 8. Tex Hoy, 9. Sione Mata’utia, 10. Tyronne Roberts-Davis, 11. Matt Soper-Lawler, 12. Pasami Saulo, 13. Jirah Momoisea, 14. Jacob Saifiti, 15. Brodie Jones, 16. Kurt Gidley, 17. Mason Lino, 18. Mitchell Barnett.

Knights

Warriors

Isaiah Papali’i will become the youngest captain of a senior Warriors team when he brings the team to the Perth region.

Since making his debut as an 18-year-old in 2017, Papali’i, who turned 21 last September, heads into the competition with a career total of 48 NRL matches.

The last youngest captain was club great Simon Mannering, who was 23 when he assumed the role in 2010.

Confirmed squad: 1. Leeson Ah Mau, 2. Rocco Berry, 3. Jackson Frei, 4. Blake Green, 5. Chanel Harris-Tevita, 6. Temple Kalepo, 7. Adam Keighran, 8. Edward Kosi, 9. Sam Lisone, 10. Ken Maumalo, 11. Taane Milne, 12. Agnatius Paasi, 13. 14. Isaiah Papali’i (c), 15. Hayze Perham, 16. Leivaha Pulu, 17. Selesitino Ravutaumada, 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 19. Paul Turner.

Warriors

Cowboys

Jason Taumalolo will be the captain of a strong Cowboy community of Josh McGuire, Isan Marsters and Australian Nines star Kyle Feldt. Feldt is also an international fellow.

Coach Paul Green has also opted to use an array of youthful outer backpacks including Scott Drinkwater, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Connelly Lemuelu, Michael Bell, Murray Taulagi, and Dan Russell.

Confirmed squad: 1. Michael Bell, 2. Jake Clifford, 3. Scott Drinkwater, 4. Mitch Dunn, 5. Kyle Feldt, 6. Jake Granville, 7. Coen Hess, 8. Peter Hola, 9. Connelly Lemuelu, 10. Esan Marsters, 11. Josh McGuire, 12. Tom Opacic, 13. Reece Robson, 14. Dan Russell, 15. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 16. Murray Taulagi, 17. Jason Taumalolo, 18. Shane Wright.

Cowboys

Eels

For the Nines, a player with the ability and flexibility to shine in condensed format, Clint Gutherson has been locked in.

Confirmed players: Clint Gutherson. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Panthers

As 13 players try to shut him down, Viliame Kikau is causing havoc, he should have a field day against a nine-man defensive line. Also featured in a deep Nines team are Nathan Cleary, Dylan Edwards, Josh Mansour and new signer Apisai Koroisau.

Confirmed squad: 1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Brent Naden, 5. Stephen Crichton, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. Jack Hetherington, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Billy Burns, 13. Liam Martin, 14. Kaide Ellis, 15. Daine Laurie, 16. Matt Burton, 17. Caleb Aekins, 18. Tyson Smoothy.

Panthers

Rabbitohs

Adam Reynolds will be the on-field general of South Sydney at the Nines and will also be one of the top exponents for conversion of field goals used after tries.

Confirmed players: Adam Reynolds. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Dragons

Ben Hunt will get St George Illawarra’s attack going in Perth, whether he is used in a dummy-half position or at first receiver.

Confirmed players: Ben Hunt. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Roosters

Retired Sydney Swans star Nick Davis will make a Nines cross-code switch.

Confirmed players: Nick Davis. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.

Wests Tigers

Club great and 2005 premiership-winning hero Pat Richards will be back at the Nines with the Tigers on the field.

Confirmed players: Pat Richards, Moses Mbye. The club will have until 5 pm to announce the squad on Tuesday, February 11.